General Session

Paul CombsKeynote Speaker

Paul Combs
Paul joined the fire service in 1995, and is a retired lieutenant for the City of Bryan Fire Department (Ohio) where he is a Firefighter/EMT, HazMat Technician, and continues to teach for the City of Bryan Fire Training Academy. Paul is an FDIC keynote speaker, presenter, and H.O.T. instructor. He is an adjunct instructor for The Ohio Fire Academy and On-Scene Training Associates, LLC. Paul is the 2018 recipient of the George D. Post ISFSI Instructor of the Year Award. Paul Combs is a classically trained artist, cartoonist, and firefighter/EMT. His lavishly detailed illustrations are published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, and books. He is the editorial cartoonist for Fire Engineering Magazine, FireRescue Magazine, and JEMS. Paul is the author/illustrator of four books: Drawn By Fire, Drawn By Fire, Too, Drawing Lines, and Sprinkles the Fire Dog.

www.paulcombsart.com

Paul CombsKeynote Speaker

Paul Combs
Paul joined the fire service in 1995, and is a retired lieutenant for the City of Bryan Fire Department (Ohio) where he is a Firefighter/EMT, HazMat Technician, and continues to teach for the City of Bryan Fire Training Academy. Paul is an FDIC keynote speaker, presenter, and H.O.T. instructor. He is an adjunct instructor for The Ohio Fire Academy and On-Scene Training Associates, LLC. Paul is the 2018 recipient of the George D. Post ISFSI Instructor of the Year Award. Paul Combs is a classically trained artist, cartoonist, and firefighter/EMT. His lavishly detailed illustrations are published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, and books. He is the editorial cartoonist for Fire Engineering Magazine, FireRescue Magazine, and JEMS. Paul is the author/illustrator of four books: Drawn By Fire, Drawn By Fire, Too, Drawing Lines, and Sprinkles the Fire Dog.

www.paulcombsart.com

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Lecture Series

TBALecture Series

Lecturers TBA

TBALecture Series

Lecturers TBA

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Command School

Anthony AvilloCommand School
Anthony AvilloCommand School
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Jay BlakeCommand School

Jason “Jay” Blake is a 35+ year member of the fire service. He is currently a Battalion Chief for Montgomery County (MD) Fire/Rescue where he has worked for 22 years. Jay previously worked in Virginia and New York in career, volunteer and combination departments and still volunteers in Christiana Delaware.

Jay BlakeCommand School

Jason “Jay” Blake is a 35+ year member of the fire service. He is currently a Battalion Chief for Montgomery County (MD) Fire/Rescue where he has worked for 22 years. Jay previously worked in Virginia and New York in career, volunteer and combination departments and still volunteers in Christiana Delaware.

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Scott ChappellCommand School

Scott Chappell is the US&R and Haz Mat Program Coordinator for the State Fire Marshal at the Florida State Fire College. He entered the fire service in 1993 and has been working at the Florida State Fire College since 2000. Scott now coordinates Florida’s eight US&R Task Forces, thirty Regional Hazardous Materials Teams, and fifty Technical Rescue Teams, and seven Mutual Aid Radio Cache (MARC) Units. Scott deployed to the State EOC where he operated as US&R Specialist for Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew and as US&R Coordinator for Hurricanes Irma, Michael, and Dorian. Additionally, Scott deployed to the State (FL) Logistics Response Center warehouse where he served as Florida’s Deputy Logistics Section Chief during COVID-19. He is a Captain with Marion County Fire Rescue where he serves as the C-Shift District 5 Command Officer, the C-Shift Special Operations Officer, and a Task Force Leader with Florida US&R Task Force 8. Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

Scott ChappellCommand School

Scott Chappell is the US&R and Haz Mat Program Coordinator for the State Fire Marshal at the Florida State Fire College. He entered the fire service in 1993 and has been working at the Florida State Fire College since 2000. Scott now coordinates Florida’s eight US&R Task Forces, thirty Regional Hazardous Materials Teams, and fifty Technical Rescue Teams, and seven Mutual Aid Radio Cache (MARC) Units. Scott deployed to the State EOC where he operated as US&R Specialist for Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew and as US&R Coordinator for Hurricanes Irma, Michael, and Dorian. Additionally, Scott deployed to the State (FL) Logistics Response Center warehouse where he served as Florida’s Deputy Logistics Section Chief during COVID-19. He is a Captain with Marion County Fire Rescue where he serves as the C-Shift District 5 Command Officer, the C-Shift Special Operations Officer, and a Task Force Leader with Florida US&R Task Force 8. Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

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Larry DoellingCommand School

Captain Lawrence Doelling retired from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in November of 2019, after more than 28 years of service. Early in his career he was assigned to Special Operations, where he spent 10 years. He was promoted to Captain in 2002. The majority of his service has been in busy Fire Stations with high operational tempos and spirited crews. For nearly three years, Captain Doelling was assigned to the Training Division as the Professional Development Officer.

Larry DoellingCommand School

Captain Lawrence Doelling retired from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in November of 2019, after more than 28 years of service. Early in his career he was assigned to Special Operations, where he spent 10 years. He was promoted to Captain in 2002. The majority of his service has been in busy Fire Stations with high operational tempos and spirited crews. For nearly three years, Captain Doelling was assigned to the Training Division as the Professional Development Officer.

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Ric JorgeCommand School

Bio
Ric Jorge is a 29 year veteran of the fire service, serving 24 years with Palm Beach County as a career fireman. He has delivered many hands on training courses locally, nationally, and internationally. Ric has designed two courses that have drawn national interest.
• “Impact This” - Designed around forcing impact resistant openings. Available in lecture, or Hands On Training format.
• “Resiliency Development” - This course on resilience is available for performance training, or for the development of mental health/well being. They can be presented in the form of lecture, or workshop. Hands On Training available only for performance training, the format is immersion training.
Ric has been working in the mental health field for 8 years. Ric is currently involved with ShatterProof, a program for uniformed personnel where he facilitates groups for user vice members struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. He is also the resiliency coordinator developing and designing courses to improve resilience.
He is an author of “Developing Firefighter Resiliency” by Pennwell, and is published in book chapters (Pennwell “FF 1 & 2 Training Book”, Dave Dodson & John Normans book “The Art of Reading Buildings”), and has also authored articles for publication in magazines (Fire Engineering and 1st
Responder), newsletters (Fire Department Training Network), and on line blogs (The Back-step Firefighter).

Ric JorgeCommand School

Bio
Ric Jorge is a 29 year veteran of the fire service, serving 24 years with Palm Beach County as a career fireman. He has delivered many hands on training courses locally, nationally, and internationally. Ric has designed two courses that have drawn national interest.
• “Impact This” - Designed around forcing impact resistant openings. Available in lecture, or Hands On Training format.
• “Resiliency Development” - This course on resilience is available for performance training, or for the development of mental health/well being. They can be presented in the form of lecture, or workshop. Hands On Training available only for performance training, the format is immersion training.
Ric has been working in the mental health field for 8 years. Ric is currently involved with ShatterProof, a program for uniformed personnel where he facilitates groups for user vice members struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. He is also the resiliency coordinator developing and designing courses to improve resilience.
He is an author of “Developing Firefighter Resiliency” by Pennwell, and is published in book chapters (Pennwell “FF 1 & 2 Training Book”, Dave Dodson & John Normans book “The Art of Reading Buildings”), and has also authored articles for publication in magazines (Fire Engineering and 1st
Responder), newsletters (Fire Department Training Network), and on line blogs (The Back-step Firefighter).

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Robert KrauseCommand School

Bob Krause, a Battalion Chief in Toledo, Ohio, has over 37 years of experience working in emergency services. He's an active firefighter, fire officer, paramedic, EMS instructor, firefighting instructor, lecturer, researcher and published author. He has held positions as an Engine Company Officer, Fire Training Officer, Fire & EMS Academy Program Director, Fire & EMS Communications Supervisor, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services Educator. Bob is currently assigned to Battalion One, in Toledo’s busiest fire district. Dr. Krause's doctoral research focused on firefighter fatalities, identifying common themes, related causes and the development of potential methods to minimize the risk of a fatal incident for firefighters. As an author, Dr. Krause's work has been published in professional journals, magazines and textbooks.

Robert KrauseCommand School

Bob Krause, a Battalion Chief in Toledo, Ohio, has over 37 years of experience working in emergency services. He's an active firefighter, fire officer, paramedic, EMS instructor, firefighting instructor, lecturer, researcher and published author. He has held positions as an Engine Company Officer, Fire Training Officer, Fire & EMS Academy Program Director, Fire & EMS Communications Supervisor, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services Educator. Bob is currently assigned to Battalion One, in Toledo’s busiest fire district. Dr. Krause's doctoral research focused on firefighter fatalities, identifying common themes, related causes and the development of potential methods to minimize the risk of a fatal incident for firefighters. As an author, Dr. Krause's work has been published in professional journals, magazines and textbooks.

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Walter LewisCommand School

Walter Lewis has been involved in the fire service since 1990, the last 25 years with the Orlando Fire Department. He presently serves as District 1, in downtown Orlando. Chief Lewis has been involved with instructing and presenting programs at a variety of fire service venues and institutions since 1999, among which have been FDIC and the Orlando Fire Conference and is a continual student of the fire service.

Walter LewisCommand School

Walter Lewis has been involved in the fire service since 1990, the last 25 years with the Orlando Fire Department. He presently serves as District 1, in downtown Orlando. Chief Lewis has been involved with instructing and presenting programs at a variety of fire service venues and institutions since 1999, among which have been FDIC and the Orlando Fire Conference and is a continual student of the fire service.

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James RussoCommand School

James Russo is a Division Chief with Hollywood Fire Rescue currently assigned to Training and Special Operations. James has 27 years in the Fire Service and has been a Fire Instructor for 12 Years. He has instructed firefighters at many events in Florida, including the Great Florida Fire School, Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo, Treasure Coast Learn and Burn, Orlando Fire Conference, and various FOOLS and local events. James is also the current Chair of the Training and Education Subcommittee for the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County.

James RussoCommand School

James Russo is a Division Chief with Hollywood Fire Rescue currently assigned to Training and Special Operations. James has 27 years in the Fire Service and has been a Fire Instructor for 12 Years. He has instructed firefighters at many events in Florida, including the Great Florida Fire School, Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo, Treasure Coast Learn and Burn, Orlando Fire Conference, and various FOOLS and local events. James is also the current Chair of the Training and Education Subcommittee for the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County.

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